The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has urged Government at all levels, relevant stakeholders and the private sector to invest massively in the overall development of the girl-child in Nigeria.
This was contained in a press release issued, Wednesday, by the National Secretariat of the Association to mark the 2017 International Day of the Girl Child, themed: “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.” NAWOJ noted with sense of pride that the girl child is endowed with enormous potentials for productivity and huge sense of responsibility judging by her disposition to always contribute to the well-being of her family and the society at large, even at tender age.
In view of the enormous role of the girl child in nation building and challenges that hinder the full realization of their potentials, particularly inequity in opportunities for formal education as well as issues on protection, NAWOJ considers it expedient on all and sundry, particularly Government to ensure the empowerment and full development of the Girl child for national growth.
NAWOJ observed with dismay the current narrative about girl child development without commensurate positive out put and appealed for genuine input with human face for the Girl child from Government and concerned bodies.
The Association observed that it was disheartening that the girl child suffers a lot of discrimination and denial of access to quality education as she is often married off, denied access to jobs as well as opportunities and socio economic prospects in the society, arguing that such development was retrogressive in this millennium when there is global clamour for gender equality and equal opportunity.
The Association believes that investing in the girl child through deliberate policies and programmes that would positively impact and directly benefit the girl child would bridge the gap and empower the girls for national development in addition to creating a better world by the year 2030.
As Nigeria joins other countries of the world to mark the 2017 International Day of the Girl Child, NAWOJ enjoins all public spirited Nigerians to support the girl child in their Communities to realise her full potentials and aspirations in life.